Updated Online Learning Information Now Available

Students, parents, school officials and other visitors to our Online Learning page  should take note of two new documents posted to the site this morning.  The first outlines technical requirements for our online courses, while the second outlines technical requirements for online exams in our paper-based courses.  We hope this information will be useful to you as you work toward your accredited high school diploma.

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Today’s Birthday: Barack Obama

It's August 4, and President Barack Obama turns 54 years old today.  American School doesn't affiliate with any particular party or politician, but we mention President Obama on his birthday for a couple reasons.  First, you can learn about the presidency by taking our Social Civics (Government) and United States History courses.  Both are available in online and paper-based formats.  Second, you might be aware that President Obama is the 44th President of the United States since the office was established in 1789.  American School was established in 1897 and yet we've only had seven presidents.  Term limits for Presidents of the United States have something to do with that, but the fact that we've had only seven presidents in 118 years of service is testimony to the solid leadership we've had over the years.  Enroll today and be confident you're earning your accredited high school diploma from one of the longtime leaders in distance education!

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Today’s Anniversary: Man Lands on the Moon

It's July 20, and on this date in 1969, man landed on the moon for the very first time.  Today we take space travel for granted.  Just last week a satellite zoomed past Pluto and sent back the most detailed pictures we've ever seen of the dwarf planet, but nearly a half-century ago, just getting to the moon took considerable effort.  Coupled with tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, Americans took special pride as Apollo 11's astronauts completed their mission.  Perhaps your mission is to earn your accredited high school diploma, whether it be from American School or a public or private school near your hometown.  Either way, we can help you since we offer the accredited high school courses you need at a cost you can afford.  Enroll today and get ready to be sent over the moon as you work toward your diploma!

**NOTE: This blog is taking a bit of a summer vacation and will return Monday, July 27.**  

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Today’s Special Occasion: MLB All-Star Game

If you read last Friday's blog entry, you know that the American School Blog celebrated its 9th birthday just four days ago.  The subject of our very first blog entry on July 11, 2006, was the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which was being played that night in Pittsburgh.  Tonight's game is in Cincinnati, and even back when we attended a convention there in April, the Queen City was already abuzz with excitement.  Although we've added many online courses and launched online diploma programs and made other positive changes since our first blog was published, some of the other themes of our first blog entry remain the same.  You can still become an academic all-star after you enroll with us.  That's because we allow students to work entirely at their own pace and provide students with detailed feedback from our qualified instructors.  We can't guarantee that you'll hit it out of the park on every test, but we can guarantee that through hard work and perseverance, one day you will cross home plate with your accredited high school diploma. 

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Today’s Special Occasion: Canada Day

It's July 1, and our neighbors to the north are celebrating Canada Day.  Today is a good occasion to remind you that, even though we have the word American in our name, we welcome students from Canada and more than 70 other countries around the world, making American School internationally relevant.  We even have special enrollment applications for students not living in the United States!  Whether you live in the United States or overseas, we look forward to helping you earn your accredited high school diploma!

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Today’s Birthday: Edward Elgar

It's June 2, and composer Edward Elgar was born on this date in 1857.  His most famous work, Pomp and Circumstance, is often played at high school graduation ceremonies.  Sometimes people ask us if we have a formal graduation ceremony since approximately 2500 students earn our accredited high school diploma each year.  Because those students are spread out throughout the country and around the world and earn their diplomas at different times of the year, we do not have a formal graduation ceremony.  Rather, we invite graduates to come into our building any time of the year to receive their diplomas in person if that is possible.  If not, we mail their diplomas shortly after all of their courses have been completed.  We are proud to have helped more than three million students earn their high school diplomas, and if you're ready to take the first step toward becoming an American School graduate, we invite you to enroll today.

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National Spelling Bee Held Near Washington, D.C.

Earlier this week we said this blog would be buzzing with bees, and today's entry is another example.  The National Spelling Bee is being held in National Harbor, Maryland, all week long, and the competition will draw to a close today with semifinals this afternoon and a live broadcast of the finals tonight on ESPN.  If you watch the bee, you'll probably be amazed at how well students spell such complicated and unfamiliar words, but if you watch and listen closely, you'll see and hear them ask for the word's language of origin, its part of speech and how it is used in a sentence, all of which can be help them spell the word correctly.  We teach those techniques and more in our Spelling course, and while we can't guarantee that you'll become a champion speller, we can guarantee that you'll become a better speller and "bee" one step closer to earning your accredited high school diploma.

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Today’s Anniversary: The Three Little Pigs

It's May 27, and on this date in 1933, Walt Disney premiered a short film version of The Three Little Pigs.  It would go on to win the Oscar for best animated short film and be ranked as the 11th-greatest cartoon of all time in a 1994 survey of animation experts.  You may not think there are many correlations between this childhood tale and American School, but there are more than you think.  American School offers accredited high school courses which can provide a solid foundation of "brick" for your future, whether you plan to go to college or join the workforce after you earn your diploma.  Other schools which are not accredited may promise you a diploma quickly, but in reality all they are offering are "straw" and "sticks" which won't provide you the security you need or be of much use to you after you complete high school.  Visit our enrollment page if you are ready to start building today.  Our friendly staff, which doesn't have a Big Bad Wolf among it, looks forward to having you as our student!

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National Geographic Bee Held in Washington, D.C.

We're abuzz with bees this week as two national bees were held or are being held in and around Washington, D.C.  The first is the National Geographic Bee, which was held last week and is being broadcast on PBS affiliates around the country.  We invite you to tune in and match wits with some of the brightest young minds in the nation, and if you yourself want to learn more about Geography, consider taking our online Geography course or our paper-based World Geography course.  We can't guarantee you'll win the National Geographic Bee, but we can guarantee you'll become more informed on the countries of the world and be one step closer to your accredited high school diploma.

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American School Holds Double Decade Club Luncheon

Twenty Double Decade Club members, each of whom has at least 20 years of continuous full-time employment with American School, are being honored today for their combined 562 years of service to our students.  The current standard-bearers each have 39 years of service under their belts, but all 20 Double Decade Club members have devoted a good portion of their lives to helping our students earn the high school credits they need so that they may receive their accredited high school diplomas.  We are grateful for their many years of hard work and dedication..

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